The Northwest Mohawks have a temporary home for the first week of the 2014 football season. Northwest will play its week-one opponent Southeastern at Portsmouth High School.
After careful negations with different area schools, including Valley, Northwest officials felt Portsmouth’s offer was the most beneficial for all parties involved.
“We had talked to some other local county schools in regards to being allowed to use their facilities,” said Northwest superintendent Todd Jenkins. “The principal, the AD and myself met with Valley but were not able to reach an agreement. In the end, Portsmouth was very gracious to allow us to use their facilities at a very minimal cost.
“I would like to say thanks to Scott Duty the superintendent, Joe Albrecht the AD and to the board, they really helped us out. That’s an example of a good relationship between a county school and a city school working together. Our goal is to help kids, whether it’s academic or athletic, and they were great to help us out.”
Beyond the first week of the season, no decisions have been made on the Mohawks’ field. However, if the field conditions are not satisfactory, Northwest still has other options.
“Notre Dame came through as well,” Jenkins said. “Down the road, if we need to use their facilities, they said ‘we are more than welcome.’ So again, thanks to Mr. Mader up there for working with us as well.”
The deteriorating field conditions began over the summer when Northwest upgraded the track and the football field. According to Northwest athletic director Dave Frantz, the track hadn’t been used for competitive events in the last three or four years, and needed an upgrade.
As far as the football field, Northwest decided to add some dirt and re-crown the field out of necessity. Once the renovators went to re-seed the field, they noticed the water pump had malfunctioned, which caused an unexpected delay in the process.
Those issues have since been resolved. However, their wasn’t enough time for the improvements to take affect.
“The water pump as been fixed and grass is beginning to grow on the field. But we are going to try to give it that first week off since we play Southeastern at home to give it some more time and more rest,” Frantz said.
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 1930, or on Twitter @crslone.